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Siddiq Khan Wins 2012 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for “Anthem For the Old Nations”

Siddiq Khan

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IIThe Jacana Literary Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award 2012. Siddiq Khan accepted the honour for his poem “Anthem for the old nations” at a prize-giving ceremony at the Poetry Africa Festival in Durban.

Second place went to Vonani Bila for his entry “boys from seshego”. The jury was comprised of distinguished South African poets Liesl Jobson, Goodenough Mashego and Johann de Lange. The jury deliberated on the entries and sent a shortlist to Dr Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali, who chose the winner.

Both poems, as well as a selection of poetry entered for the competition, have been published to coincide with the ceremony.

About the anthology

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol II honours the spirit of the legendary intellectual giant, Sol Plaatje, the activist, linguist, translator, novelist, journalist and leader.

Poetry lovers – those who enjoy reading it and those who are compelled to write it – will find in this collection a truly splendid experience of the country’s soul. So much of the ineffable human spirit and experience that usually remains untold is gently lifted above the surface with care, attention and honesty. Here, for the reader who must yet write of his or her own intimate recovery and sacred journey, are guideposts on the way. Here, for those who are already on the journey, are good and wise and funny journeymen and women to keep them company on the road.

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award is supported by the European Union.

Entries for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Competition 2013 are now open.

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